Small unmanned aerial vehicles have become one of the hottest gifts for
the last year or so, and it stands to reason that they will once again
be towards the top of the list this holiday season. However, before taking
to the sky, it’s important to learn what you can and cannot do with
Many of these drones come equipped with high-quality cameras, allowing
people to take unique photos and video from new angles. But this has led
to a number of lawsuits by people who challenge that pilots are not punished
for not respecting their privacy. The laws were updated earlier this year
to reflect new regulations around these devices, but there are still some
things you cannot do.
Be Careful Where You Fly
Laws regarding flight anywhere in U.S. airspace are governed by the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA). Recently, the FAA passed laws that allow
UAV pilots to operate within certain parameters. Notably, there are a
few key exceptions to airspace where you cannot fly, including around
large groups of people, over landmarks such as theme parks, stadiums,
sporting events, and within five miles of any airport. Additionally, as
part of National Security, you are not allowed to fly within the city
limits of Washington D.C., or a 15-mile radius surrounding it. You also
are not allowed to fly a drone near fire or police activity, as the transmitter
and receiver can interfere with crucial communications equipment.
General Operation Guidelines
When you find a place where you can fly comfortably with minimal risk of
injuring someone, feel free to take off and buzz around, but you need
to keep your drone under 400 feet and within your line of sight. Flying
“first-person view” or “FPV” has become very popular,
but this does not give you permission to fly away from where you can see
Don’t Film Private Property Without Permission
Drones allow you to capture brilliant images, but using one to capture
footage of someone else on their own property is frowned upon and may
land you in legal trouble. Only one state has currently outlawed this
type of spying (California), but it’s not beyond reason to imagine
other states will soon follow.
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